Editing Rates (& Testimonials)

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But beware: 
Not all editors are equal.

Get an editor who’s experienced —

one who knows the ropes and can turn your work around fast, with
best-quality edits and powerful feedback for how you imagine your writing
can be.

(Here, you get years of experience and excellence.)

Get Professional Editing & Skilled Coaching, with

* An international editor and writer of 30 years 
* The expertise of a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing, Genre Fiction
* A fiction and nonfiction book writing expert, online content expert, and story writing expert
* A story judge who has worked with the Romance Writers of America (RWA) Vivians/Ritas competition for multiple years; judged multiple anthology competitions; and more.


Here’s what others are saying…

testimonial-icon“WOW. The suggestions and changes you made were great — you’ve exceeded my expectations. I’m very grateful for you input and support and have learned so much…. Thanks for your encouragement and sharing your vast knowledge. I appreciate you and your efforts.” ~ Kennedy “Chip” Brown (US), November 2016

testimonial-icon“The one-on-one is great — exactly what I needed to get my book to a new level. Thank you.” ~ Children’s book author, New Jersey (US), May 2015

testimonial-icon“Thank you so much. You’re a star. I love your ideas and the way you help me to shape my words. it’s a pleasure to work with you.” ~ Ph.D. Business Owner designing an international news website (Netherlands), August 2014

testimonial-icon“I would like to thank you… [your input] has helped me figure out so much of my story. I feel like it’s coming together, shaping right before my eyes. Thank you, thank you so much!” ~ November 2014

testimonial-icon“I’m loving working on refining & improving with my awesome editor Erin Brown… Learning so much & so excited about this book!”
~ James Prescott, blogger/book author (UK), November 2015


The Keep it Simple Discussion: Get One Hour Together ~ For Novels, Children’s Books, Short Stories, and TV Writing

>> Want to Keep it Simple?
Get a One-Hour Meeting Together

For a straight-up, clear coaching session with your work — to know the state of your work for publishing, the most important changes to make now, and what to do next — get one hour on a LIVE Zoom together. You get the recording of our time together, too, to be able to go back and capture the must-do ideas.

One Hour Zoom with Recording
Get it Now.

testimonial-icon“Feeling inspired, motivated, moved, and energized because of the vast amount of incredible content received from you…” ~ Jodi, April 2021


The following editing rates are comparable to the EFA and
Writer’s Digest recommendations. For manuscript work types and payments,
read on. 

Get Professional Book & Manuscript Editing

All prices are subject to change and are based on word count and a variety of factors discussed together before a contract is signed.

>> Copy Editing

A copy editor is the last person who touches your work before publication. Copy editing includes checking final pages for grammar, spelling, usage, and style. I look for libel and plagiarism concerns, tighten wordy prose, smooth awkward transitions, and note passages that need additional work for clarity. Copy editing includes cutting jargon, giving suggestions for fresh wording, and making your text fit the required word count. In short, copy editing cleans your work and makes it ready for publication.

Copy Editing Average rate*
$4 per page (=$1,280 for an 80,000-word manuscript)

>> Line Editing

Both copy editing and line editing mark up your pages for excellence. But line editing goes beyond combing your work for errors. Line editing focuses on your writing style (is this fluid, easy to read, and powerfully connecting with the reader?) and creative content (does your choice of words give the tone and connection that you want?). I include line-by-line suggestions for sentence length and arrangement; suggestions to alleviate confusion and take out narrative digressions; and suggestions for word or phrases that increase understanding and emotional connection to your reader.

Line Editing Average rate*
2.5 cents per word (=$2,000 for an 80,000-word manuscript)

>> Content Editing // Developmental Editing

Content editing, or “developmental editing,” can also be called substantive editing because it focuses on developing the content and substance of your work.

Is developmental editing for me?
Whether you have a wisp of an idea for your story and want to flesh out that idea — or your story has begun and you’re feeling stuck — or your story’s completed draft is in your hands and you’re ready to dig in and take it to the next level — developmental editing may be the starting point for you.

Fiction Writing
Developmental editing passes along to you the most important elements of fiction writing that may not be showing up in your manuscript…

>> Creating a structure that hits the necessary beats for a strong story
>> Developing plot direction, plot and scene peaks, scene resolutions, and a “growth of the story” throughout
>> Character development, addressing the ways the story introduces, describes, and unfolds your characters’ flaws, fears, failures, hopes, dreams, and behaviors that change over the story
>> Developing an honest, authentic creation of the setting, including believable world building
>> Sculpting believable dialogue that flows, including dialogue tags that make sense
>> And more…

Content editing is also about making sure that your plot, characters, and dialogue are consistent; making sure your subplots show up and make sense; that your theme shows up throughout; that your hero’s motivation, needs, and wants are addressed; archetypal characters show up with flair and impact; and your reader is drawn into your hero’s journey organically, in a smooth succession of events.

Nonfiction Writing
For nonfiction book writers, content editing is about making sure your message is linear and clear; that your first words draw the reader into the beginning and each chapter in a “must-know” thirst; that your last words leave the reader with a “what now?” moment that challenges thinking and action; and that your internal content has flow and isn’t missing explanations, examples, or descriptions that give your reader an “aha!” that keeps the reader reading to the end of your book.


>> Have an idea, but don’t know where to start?
Need a bigger, brighter, more powerful storyline?
Have a book, but it doesn’t feel complete?
Get Ideation & Developmental Editing and Consulting 

If you’re at the very beginning of the idea for your book — and you want to know if your idea’s viable or complete — then an hour (or two) of story development consulting is for you. You’ll walk away with solid direction and plan. If your idea is far enough along, we’ll work on getting you a clear book outline. If your story needs scenes or beats, we’ll make it clear exactly what to do next.


This kind of results-based story/book formation is $127 per hour — or $77 per half hour — and you get hands-on, take-away results — so you know exactly what to do and can dig into your writing the very next day with results.

Hourly Rate Discount
If you have purchased one of my courses, are a repeat client, or are affiliated with Aquinas Writing Advantage, discounts may apply. Simply contact me here.

* “Average rate” is based on an assessment of the work’s level of completeness. Before we begin and after a free overview of your text, we agree together on a set-rate contracted amount. To view typical editorial rates, visit the Editorial Freelancers Association here.

If you’re ready to begin ideation and developmental editing…

Here’s how it works.
~ You contact me.
~ I take a peek at your manuscript.
~ Depending on the level of completeness of your manuscript, I’ll tell you what I believe is needed, including a quote.
~ If we agree this is what you need and want, we’ll sign a contract together.
~ Payment is made at the outset of the work.* 

testimonial-icon“I can’t begin to thank you enough…. You truly have been a Godsend.” ~Jennifer, June 2020

Need help with your website text or web articles? Get Professional Website & Online Content Help.

Erin has worked professionally for 20 years developing websites, writing web pages, and perfecting branded content. Get help for your site, for the click throughs it needs.

Fresh eyes from an expert can help make your words clear and powerful — and clear, crisp content that’s specially branded to you can get your readers excited and connected.

If you want a stronger, better, more positive response to your website — with stronger understanding, connection, and next-step visitor action — this is for you. Help your reader understand your passion and move your reader to click and buy. Make your pages stronger, and get more results.

Web article editing rats:
Get up to 5 pages* of Times New Roman 12 pt font, double spaced text editing…
>> One run-through with feedback, $50
>> Two run-throughs with feedback, $65
* For more than 5 pages, contact me for a quote.

Because web pages vary in length and complexity, website page editing rates can also vary. Find out more: contact me here.


A Recap (What to Do Now)…

Get the Keep it Simple Discussion with One Hour Together

For Novels, Children’s Books, Short Stories, and TV Writing — identifying key areas of strengths and weakness with direction…
One Hour::$97 per hour

Get Critical Ideation & Developmental Editing/Consulting

For all story, with results-based formation and in-hand next-step outline…
One-Half Hour: $77 per half hour
One Hour: $127 per hour
If you’re ready to begin…

Get Line Editing or Website Content Editing 

For all nonfiction, story, website, and web article content
~ Contact me.
~ I take a peek at your manuscript or site.
~ Depending on the level of completeness of your work, I’ll tell you what I believe is needed, including a quote.
~ If we agree this is what you need and want, we’ll sign a contract together.
~ Payment is made at the outset of the work.* 

Get Master Story Map Sessions with Erin — And Create a Complete Outline from Which to Write Your Story

Create a full story outline using Erin’s Master Story Map Guide — Where, side-by-side, you’ll work with Erin to create a Guided Outline for finishing your novel…
~ Fill in “the holes” in your story, to hit the story beats you need to keep readers thrilled
~ Make sure nothing is missing, and increase the stakes and make your storyline complete
~ Walk away with a ready-to-write guide, to finish your story
~ Prices are set based on the completeness of your story 
Contact me now, to get a quote.

If you’re ready to begin…


Let’s begin.

~ Contact me, to get the ball rolling. Get questions answered and make a plan.
~ Let’s talk about the details, goals, and deadlines — and get moving in the right direction.

Sounds good? Fill this out…

Have questions? Need more info? Send a note!

I look forward to working together.


PS. Again, if you’re not sure exactly what you need, don’t worry.
We can figure that out together when you contact me.

PPS. As of January 2022, I’m open for limited projects.
So contact me now, if you’re interested.

Private Consulting Policies

Payment: Payment must be made at least 48 hours before a consultation.

  • Cancellation: It’s understood that “life happens” with illness, emergencies, and changing plans. If you are ill or have an emergency, an “in person” appointment may be rescheduled. However, there are no refunds for appointments not cancelled at least 48 hours prior to the appointment for reasons other than illness or emergency. Thank you.
  • RE: Payment: If for some reason a portion of the work cannot be completed, the completed work is prorated against the payment.

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